Hey guys, im justing sitting around thinking about some ideas about what the Ravens could do on draft day/trades. Comment, dont comment, love, hate...go ahead! (This is my first one, so bear with me)
Asante Samuel is now reportedly on the trade market, and imagine Samuel, Webb Smith as our 3 starting DB's. That would back up Webb's comments about us having the best secondary in the NFL. We might have to cut someone to get some cap, or make a trade, but i'm just fantasizing.
For the draft, I think we should trade back maybe 7 or 8 picks and load up with more picks. Andre Branch could be a GREAT fit for the Ravens (it might just be the diehard Clemson fan speaking). He can play DE and OLB.
2nd Round: Kevin Zeitler, OG from Wisconsin is a man. Very aggressive and physical with high potential. We need a OG / OT. He might not be there when we have the opportunity to take him.
Another idea for a sleeper pick in the mid 2nd round could be Janoris Jenkins (North Alabama, former Florida Gator). He has proven that he is a stud, and a big playmaker. (This is if we couldn't get Samuel)
More mid-late 2nd rounders: Alshon Jeffery (South Carolina *sigh*). As much as I hate Carolina, Jeffery is an unbelievable athlete. Boldin, Smith, Jeffery (Possesion, Deep threat, All Around) would be a great WR core.
3rd, 4th, 5th Ideas: Ronnell Lewis (FS, Oklahoma) Mychal Kendricks (ILB, Cal) Vontaze Burfict (ILB/OLB Arizona St). All of them have made big impacts for their teams, putting up good stats. Maybe if some slip, we could get all 3 of them. I would cry tears of joy!
6th and 7th: Joe Long (Yes, Jake Long's brother) is an OT from Wayne State. Just because he didn't go to at a big name school, doesn't mean he isn't good. Maybe he will turn out to be good, or even better than his brother.
^ Continued -- Chris Rainey (RB, Florida) is sooo underrated in my mind. He thought he could run a 4.2 40 yard dash...he can a 4.45 at the combine, but a 4.33 in highschool, and a 4.35 at the Florida Pro Day. I dont think he could be our 2nd string RB, because he just doesn't have the size, but he'd be a hell of a Punt and Kick returner.
Free Agent: DeAndre McDaniels (FS, Clemson, 2 years in the NFL. Again, maybe the Clemson speaking) is a crazy big hitter, and love to be mean and dirty (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seTxMIVvnfw)
Additional: If we satisfy some needs in rounds 1-4, I wouldn't mind seeing us take Brandon Weeden or Brock Osweiler. Weeden may be 28, but he is mature and knows what he is doing. I would rather see them be our back up than Kyle Boller or Dennis Dixon. Kellen Moore is also probably going to go undrafted, and could be a project at 3rd string. He is a proven winner and extremely smart.
Additional: E.J. Henderson (ILB, FA, played for Vikings last year) could be a possible sign-e. Ryan Grant (RB, FA, played for Green Bay Packers) and Cedric Benson (RB, FA, played for Cinncy Bengals last year) could provide a "power back" second string role like Ricky Williams did.
Thanks everyone for reading, and I'd love to hear your comments and ideas on what you'd like to see the Ravens do! Thanks again!